More teeth for police control room: 200 new vans, 3,000 personnel
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The Home Ministry has okayed a request for 200 more vans and 3,000 personnel for the police control room unit of the Delhi Police.
The Delhi Police had sought more vans and personnel for its PCR unit. It had told the ministry that its PCR unit, the first responder to crimes in the capital, was understaffed. The PCR unit, for several months now, had been requesting the ministry to increase its strength to improve efficiency.
A police officer said the department needs more vans and personnel so that the jurisdiction limit of each PCR van can be reduced, bringing down the response time of the police and increasing their efficiency. The additional personnel and vans will be added to the PCR fleet by the end of this financial year.
"The PCR unit is understaffed and needs 5,400 additional personnel. We need at least nine personnel per PCR van to work in three shifts. Since we are understaffed and have a fleet size that is inadequate, the jurisdiction limit of each PCR van is quite large now, which means PCR personnel take more time to reach a crime spot. Besides, more PCR vans will ensure more visibility of police on the streets and will act as a deterrent for criminals," a senior police officer said.
At present, Delhi Police has 800 vans and 8,500 personnel in its PCR unit. Sources said at a meeting held recently in the Home Ministry, it was decided that a total of 3,000 additional personnel will be sanctioned and 200 more vans will be added to the existing fleet, bringing the total number of vans in the unit to 1,000.
An additional 2,400 personnel will be added to the police control room unit by 2015.